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The Senior Citizen Area of ??the Department of Social Welfare meets to implement the senior program this fall (15/09/2020)

Melba Miñano Bleda, Councilor for the Senior Citizen Area of ??the Cieza City Council, has met with the technicians of the area in order to analyze the measures to be adopted and services to be implemented for this coming autumn aimed at the elderly group.As is customary at this time, the Senior Citizen area intended to implement its program of socio-educational, leisure and free time activities at the Las Morericas Senior Center, but this time it has been modified, due to the situation generated by the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made it necessary to adopt extraordinary measures to protect the health of the elderly population, including once again the cessation of activity in centers for the elderly in almost all Spain, since the current health recommendations for this group are very strict, advising as a preventive measure against the easy and rapid contagion of this virus to avoid social relations outside the home.After studying several proposals, a program will be implemented aimed at those older people who live or spend a lot of time alone at home, without maintaining social relationships and who, with this situation, have seen their relationships totally reduced, in order to help them to cope with this situation and to lessen that feeling of loneliness.

"And it is that loneliness and social isolation are taking a toll on our grandparents, causing them feelings of sadness, anguish, apathy, etc., according to recent studies, which can lead to depression in many cases.

For this reason, it will be implemented again the telephone escort service ".Contacts will also be established from this area with the Elderly People Service of the Murcian Institute of Social Action (IMAS) to request their support in order to carry out the Home Help service as soon as possible, in order to provide support in the basic activities of daily life to those elderly people who live alone and have serious problems with their self-care and that of their home.Home telecareIn relation to the Municipal Home Telecare Service, the department is working on two lines; The first is that the steps to request the service can be carried out through a telephone call to the Office of the Senior Program, thus avoiding the face-to-face appointment.

Likewise, attempts are being made to shorten service concession periods and avoid waiting lists.Activities for seniorsRegarding the execution of socio-educational, physical and cognitive activities, we are studying how to respond to the need to bring these activities to the elderly in their own home, in order to continue promoting their physical and mental well-being, without causing a situation of danger of contagion of Covid-19.To cover the Telephone Accompaniment Service for the elderly, the registration period opens for those who want to participate as volunteers in it, occupying part of their free time calling and maintaining a pleasant conversation with those older beneficiaries of the service.

Those interested in registering can go to the Office of the Senior Program by calling 968 760 800 extension 1618, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.

to 2 p.m.In addition, it has been proposed to keep the Senior Service Telephone 968112900 active, for any questions or suggestions related to issues related to the Senior Citizens of the Municipality.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza

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